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House in Alcobaça

Aires Mateus

The house designed in the historical center of Alcobaça is a record of overlapping times: A small building reconstructed to perpetuate the vernacular common scale, and a wall thoroughly shaped to house the quiet extension.


On the existing building a void is created managing the thickness of the peripheral walls.


An absence of space is freed collecting luminosity from a skylight that grants a private and protected atmosphere.


The compartments appear as internal additions, connected to the exterior through reinterpreted windows in the façades, but proposing an unexpected internal space.